Flight Tracking Software Leader Flight Explorer Adds NAVTEQ Maps of the U.S. and Canada as an Additional Navigation Aid
Alexandria, Va.– September 13, 2004 -- Flight Explorer, the world's leading global provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking and weather information, reporting and display products, today announced that, under an agreement with NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, Flight Explorer customers can now track the real-time location of aircraft relative to the road network of the United States and Canada and points of interest including hospitals, waterways and other relevant locations.
NAVTEQ™ maps offer the accuracy and reliability required to enhance Flight Explorer’s flight tracking solutions. Using proprietary technology and collection methods, NAVTEQ field analysts collect and link the elements of the road network with its corresponding latitude and longitude. This process, known as geocoding, results in the accurate alignment of streets, intersections, addresses and many other features with their relative locations on the earth. With NAVTEQ maps integrated into Flight Explorer Professional – the company’s flagship product - the solution gives users a greater situational awareness of their aircraft in conjunction with other assets. By using Flight Explorer’s proprietary interfaces and NAVTEQ maps, positional information for trucks, cargo, etc. can be displayed providing a common operating picture of all assets relative to the U.S. and Canadian road network.
“We are seeing more and more solution providers using location information to enhance or expand their product lines. Flight Explorer recognized an opportunity to improve the robustness of their core product and turned to NAVTEQ to play a key role in this enhancement. It’s a great opportunity for both companies to bring added value to new and existing customers,” commented Winston Guillory, Senior Vice President – North American Sales.
Walt Kross, CEO of Flight Explorer, said, “NAVTEQ maps add a whole new dimension to Flight Explorer products, making them about as close to an all-in-one tool as is possible for pilots and dispatchers. The map overlays will enable customers to pinpoint the location of an aircraft and other assets relative to familiar landmarks. This is a huge plus for all users, but especially helicopter operators, air medical and government organizations.”
Flight Explorer is the maker of Flight Explorer Professional, the easiest, most robust and reliable aircraft situation display in the industry. With only a PC and Internet access, commercial users and others providing aviation services can use Flight Explorer to track aircraft anywhere in the world through a variety of methods including IFR in the U.S., Canada, and UK; more extensively in New Zealand and the Pacific Oceanic region; and any aircraft worldwide via Honeywell GDC datalink, ACARS, or Iridium/GPS. Flight Explorer Professional updates the aircraft positions every minute and refreshes the screen views every 10 seconds.
About NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT)
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices and Internet-based mapping applications. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 1,400 employees located in over 100 offices in 20 countries.
About Flight Explorer
Flight Explorer is the world's most trusted and accepted provider of Internet-based real-time global flight tracking information, reporting and display products. It produces Flight Explorer Professional, the industry's most powerful, reliable and widely used aircraft situation display system. Customers include American Airlines, FedEx, UPS, NetJets, JetBlue, FAA, Continental Airlines, Bombardier Business Jet Solutions, World Airways, Air Canada, MillionAir, TAG Aviation, AeroMexico, the City of Chicago Department of Aviation, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport and airport and port authorities in more than two dozen states. Call 1-866-235-6870 or visit http://www.flightexplorer.com.
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